Lewis and Clark
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The story of the expedition made by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to explore the land from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Coast. Follows their party up the Mississippi River up to Mandan Indian territory in North Dakota where they establish winter camp. Portrays their meeting with Frenchman Charbonneau and his Indian wife Sacajawea who became their guides. Continues with them across the northern Rockies and down the Columbia River to its mouth. Reveals detail of scientific exploration with regards to topography, natural resources, and plant and animal life.
Exploration Manifest destiny
- 2002-07-16 00:00:00
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- United States
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Subject: The Romance of History
Subject: I Love this Movie!
Subject: Decent, But Beware
The two principal actors are good; some of the others in the ensemble are not. The actor who (briefly, thank goodness) plays "Paddy" is particularly bad. Mention has been made that the black character is stereotyped. I disagree. The actor appears very briefly and delivers his one, innocuous line rather poorly making him look bad.
The treatment of Sacajawea is another story. Her abuse may be accurate and occurs offscreen, but it is disturbing nonetheless. We meet her as the wife of Charbonneau, a frenchman who rescued her from a tribe who abducted her. She was property to them and apparently not much more than that to her French husband. Lewis and Clark comment that she bears the marks of Charbonneau's beatings. His response? "Well...I have my shortcomings." Ouch! They later discover that Sacajawea is related to Indian royalty, but she still is "only a squaw." At one point, L&C refer to Charbonneau as "Squawman."
Otherwise, this film plays like a very brief 50s TV western. It moves rather quickly and is quite interesting.
Subject: (does not star Dean Cain)
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